England are taking test cricket by storm and there is no denying this fact. The three lions have started playing a brand of cricket which has never been seen before. Coined the Baz-Ball, coach Brendon McCullum has redefined the way longest format of the game is being played.
The first test at Rawalpindi seemed heading to be for a dull draw during the day 4 of the test match. The entire equation changed as England came out to bat during their 2nd innings on Sunday.
Joe Root bats left-handed to leave everyone shocked –
Former England skipper, Joe Root has been in amazing form with the bat for the last couple of years. The 32 year old has taken test cricket by storm as he has edged past the likes of Smith Kohli and Williamson. The incident in question happened during the post lunch session on the 4th day of the 1st test.
Zahid Mahmood was bowling to Joe Root who took a left handed stance, mind you this wasn’t a pre-determined reverse hit. The Englishman was batting as a traditional left hander. He went for a sweep shot off Mahmood which went really close to being caught by the fielder.
Will Jacks claims 6 on debut to bowl out Pakistan for 579 –
Debutant Off spinner Will Jacks claimed 6/161 from his 40.3 overs as Pakistan were bowled out for 579 giving then visitors a lead of 78. Salman Agha began the day with attacking intentions to score 53 off 67 balls with 7 fours and a six. Jacks had the wicket of opener Abdullah Shafique for 114 as well as Babar Azam for 136. The off spinner then rounded of the lower order wickets of Naseem Shah, Zahid Mahmood and Haris Rauf.
England storm to a lead of 342 –
Ben Duckett was out for a duck as Ollie Pope was out for 15 to leave England at 36 for 2. Crawley and Root then added 60 for the 3rd wicket in 52 balls before Crawley was out for 50 off 48 balls. Root and Brooks then combined to add 96 runs for the 4th wicket in under 13 overs.
Root was out for 73 against the run of play from 69 balls with 7 fours, while Brook scored a quickfire 87 off 65 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes. England declared their innings at 264/7 from 35.5 overs.
Pakistan in all trouble at the end of the day 4 –
Chasing 343 to win, Pakistan lost the wicket of Shafique for 6 caught by Brooks. The English captain Stokes then got the big wicket of Babar Azam caught by Pope for 4. To cap of the misery, Azhar Ali walked out retired hurt after being struck on his arm by a rising ball by Robinson. At the end of the day, Pakistan were 80 for 2 from 20 overs with Imam Ul Haq on 43 and Saud Shakeel on 24 still needing 263 runs to win the game.
Twitter reacts –
The sight of Joe Root batting left handed left the twitter verse stunned and you can read all the tweets below.
What’s happening?— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) December 4, 2022
Great question twitter. It’s just Joe Root batting left handed hahahahahahhaa. I love this team!! #ENGvPAK 🇵🇰 🏴 pic.twitter.com/L4LQA0kTYU
Joe Root batting at Test level left-handed, what a mockery 😂😂😂— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 4, 2022
I'm not sure if #GoodBadRidiculous or #PoliteEnquiries is on, but #JoeRoot batting as a proper left handed batter and playing the sweep to perfection has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have seen all day.@beastieboy07@melindafarrell#CricketTwitter #EngvPak#England— Broken Cricket Dreams Cricket Blog (@cricket_broken) December 4, 2022
Joe Root - Right-Left handed batsman. pic.twitter.com/Bh2zkrGYAi— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) December 4, 2022